Here’s that great video our Bring Me Hope team showed at TD on Friday (thanks Megan!). I’ve been singing this song all day today (ok, maybe not singing, since I don’t speak Chinese, but definitely humming!). Study the faces of the orphaned children and consider what their lives may be like. Look at their joy, pride, … and dignity, and then please say a word of prayer for the millions of orphaned children they represent. Then begin praying what future part you will have in His story in the lives of some of this world’s orphaned.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Thank you, TD, for such an amazing surprise last week! Wow, we were blown away and totally taken aback by your kindness, generosity, creativity, depth of thought, and … sneakiness! We had no idea! It was a real blessing and real ministry for us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We feel humbled and loved.
Now let’s get those girls over here and let’s love ’em as a TD family! See you at TD!
After quite an amazing first week of summer camp for orphaned children in the Big Country with special needs, three of our TD’ers have returned to us – Josh, Melody T., and Elissa – impacted and changed. They also got to visit one of Show Hope’s care centers (one of the ones we raised money for with V4V!). Here are a couple of pics from the care center:
Megan, Calvin, and Brianna still remain there, serving a second week; this time with more “typical” (no or less special needs) orphaned children. It’s still been pretty challenging (as you can hear from the vlog), but also very rewarding:
“Things have still been really good. The kids are having a really good time. Honestly, I’ve been encouraged by the kids this week. I didn’t have to take a caretaker’s role this week, but instead one of a friend. We’ve done so many things together: Basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, joking, a skit, cards, Chinese chess. They’re honestly like younger brothers. I’ve gotten to talk about faith with them a little and am hoping to encourage them in their walks with Him. They are probably believers along with most people in their orphanage. They actually did a prayer night two days ago and some shared testimonies. Anyways, apart from that, I’ve just been humbled more …”– Calvin
Please keep them in your prayers as they finish off their weeks and return soon!
Come join the last regular Friday TD meeting of the ’16 – ’17 school year before the banquet, where we’ll hear the testimonies of some of our seniors! In addition, we’ll have a wrap up lesson summarizing the highlights of our theme, Rebuild: Rehabituating Our Life in Christ.
Come and continue to build the family culture we’ve been working on building this year! See you Friday!
This weekend, we will have an amazing opportunity to go Upward and engage with God through deep, rich, God-focused theology! TD will be heading to Ligonier Ministries’ “Discovering the God of the Bible” conference on Friday and Saturday!
This will be a fantastic opportunity to not only hear the exploring and preaching of God’s word with excellence, but it will be an opportunity to hear the legendary John MacArthur in person. Being under his preaching in itself is a treasured experience.. As he is closing in on 80, I don’t know how many more opportunities you will have. His preaching itself is worth the price of admission. Speaking of admission, the price for you TD’ers is … FREE! Unfortunately, that’s not true for TD leaders 😦
The cost for TD’ers is FREE, but you do have to register!
You do have to register, however. So, if you are able to come Friday or Saturday or both, please contact your small group leader ASAP and give him/her your name, age, mailing address, email address, and when you can go.
We will meet at church at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
I need to turn in our registration on Wednesday morning! Let us know ASAP! – Arthur
Friday, June 09 2017
Sovereign Over All
“The Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth” (Ps. 47:2). God is Lord of all, sovereign over everything in creation, actively governing it to fulfill His good and holy purposes. This session will present the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God, explaining how His sovereign providence is a comfort to believers.
Holy, Holy, Holy
“The Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness” (Isa. 5:16). The one, true God is set apart from all other gods—indeed, apart from all creation—in His holiness. This session will explore the holiness of God, emphasizing its importance in understanding who God is.
Saturday, June 10 2017
A God Merciful & Gracious
God revealed Himself to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). This session will discuss the mercy and grace of God, making sure to note that these attributes are understood rightly only against the backdrop of God’s perfect justice and righteousness.
W. Robert Godfrey
“I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God” (Isa. 45:5). Counterfeit religions and philosophies present views of God or the gods that are ultimately the creation of humanity’s imagination. The God of the Bible, however, is like none of these beings. This session will consider the uniqueness of God in a world full of false gods.
Questions & Answers
A questions and answers session with Dr. R.C. Sproul (live via video).
Optional Session: Learning to Love the Psalms
Throughout history, Christians have turned to the book of Psalms to inform their worship, prayers, and understanding of Christ. This session will look at the significance of the biblical psalms and why we should turn to them in worship and in private study.
W. Robert Godfrey
Optional Session: Seeing Christ in all the Scriptures
Christ Himself testified to the fact that Scripture leads us to Him (John 5:39). This session will consider how the Old and New Testaments testify to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Question & Answers
A questions and answers session with Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Julius Kim, Stephen Nichols, and John MacArthur.
The Lord Is My Salvation
“The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1). God is the source and goal of our salvation, and He saves people from His wrath for the sake of His glory. This session will look at the Lord as the One who initiates, sustains, and completes our salvation, directing us to live lives of gratitude and worship for what He has done for us.
” We unconsciously learn to love rival kingdoms because we don’t realize we are participating in rival liturgies.” – James K.A. Smith
This Friday will be our only Bible study in April. I sure hope you can make it out as Sandra leads us into a look into our subconscious lives; the place it is said to hold the power over our lives.
Come ready to take a look inside, and to consider why it is you do what you day and act the way you act. You may be surprised. In the end, we want to learn how God can hold not only our conscious convictions and beliefs, but our everyday lives as well.
It’s going to be an insightful time together. – Arthur
We had a terrific time kicking off our Voiceless for the Voiceless campaign with Offerings 6’s “Father to the Fatherless.” The theme came through so vividly and clearly in the wide variety of offerings offered. Enjoy the pictures shot by Peter (and a few cell phone shots as well), as well as Judy’s and Harmony’s reminder that we have a Good, Good Father!